Number 3 in the world left the tournament due to physical problems.
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Roger Federer made news this Friday for a double reason. The number 3 in the world announced his retirement from the Masters 1000 in Rome with an injury, which gives the pass to the semifinals to Tsitsipas, who will face the winner of the Spanish showdown between Rafa Nadal and Fernando Verdasco. The other surprise came because he came out in defense of the Australian Nick Kyrgios, expelled from the Roman tournament for throwing a chair to the track, among other issues.
The news of his departure was announced by the organization of the tournament: “Regrettably, King Roger had to withdraw from the tournament because of an injury to his right leg, we wish him a quick recovery, thanks for the incredible emotions.” The Swiss criticized a day before the lines of the track in which he faced Coric were wet and could be injured by it: “I do not understand how the players can accept it, they wet the track when the wet lines mean you can slip. I slipped, I hurt on one foot and it hurt for two games, also my leg hurt a little, “he lamented at the post-match press conference. The Kyrgios thing “is not enough for me” The latest controversy of Nick Kyrgios was another of the issues that Federer dealt with the media.
The number 3 in the world defended the Australian tennis player and acknowledged that suspending him would be an excessive punishment. “I do not think I should be suspended, personally, what did he do, damage a chair, that’s not enough for me, I do not know if he’s in a trial period after what happened in Shanghai,” he said.